Let's celebrate Volunteering!

There are many reasons why people volunteer but let's not forget how much difference volunteering makes to so many. . . particuarly in times like these!

"The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."
DeAnn Hollis

Canterbury DISTRICT Volunteer Centre

Since 2007 the Canterbury District Volunteer Centre has been supporting, promoting and developing volunteering  within the Canterbury District. and providing a number of community services in response to local nee


We aim to support, promote and develop volunteering  within the Canterbury District for charities, voluntary or community groups’ not for profit organizations as well as Public Sector organizations.

Understand your experience

We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment, community  or someone (individuals or groups). 

Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.

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Referral and Support of Volunteers

One of the core functions of any Volunteer Centre or Bureau is the referral of volunteers. On average, we deal with approximately 1000 volunteers per year. Our aim is to match up the skills of volunteers with the volunteering opportunities offered by organizations.


We operate face to face befriending service matching individuals who are isolated or lonely with volunteers who look for social contact and support on a regular basis. Due to Covid-19, we are currently only offering this service by telephone.

Virtual Volunteering

We aim to work with a number of organizations to explore and co-produce resources to support and increase the development of virtual volunteering opportunities across the District.

Social Transport

This scheme is aimed at the provision of a low-cost service utilizing volunteer drivers (who use their own car to transport people to and from medical and social appointments.


We run regular workshops and training session for both volunteers and organizations that utilize volunteers.


Do you need volunteers?

Although we have ceased some of our current operations, we continue working on finding volunteers for organisations and places for volunteers, either traditional and virtual volunteers. There are lots of people seeking volunteering at the moment so now’s the chance to recruit people who are willing, able and will almost certainly be around post lockdown.

Virtual Volunteering

Let's make something special together